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Things to do in Macclesfield

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Planetarium
“The discovery centre teaches how the Lovell telescope works. Explore the Planet Pavilion with a large scale working model of the planets of our galaxy. Explore the wonders of the Universe and find out about ‘Big Telescopes’ via a range of hands-on activities. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“We love it up here, the views are spectacular and the terrain offers a bit of challenge. Walk run or climb, the Roaches are a popular destination with the outdoor set. About a 20 minute drive from Butterton. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“Teggs nose is a lovely hill just by Macclesfield forest, quite a walk to the top but all on good paths and steps. There is a cafe at the top so you can put back the calories. On a nice day you can see over to Manchester, Derbyshire and also see Jodrell Bank Telescope.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Establishment
“Jacobean hall and beautiful rolling countryside can be seen for miles around this superb example of a stately home. Host to the Rewind concerts and many other attractions during the year. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Museum
“Discover the processes involved in making the silk garments that Macclesfield was renowned for.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Lots on the menu to choose from, lovely setting and the place is full of character. Excellent friendly service. Good for an evening meal.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Public House: Consistently popular privately owned, with stunning views over the Roaches. Serving food everyday and has the local Wincle Beer on tap It is approximately 15 minute drive from the farm. It is also next to Tittesworth reservoir which offers a 10 mile hike around its circumference and various watersports; such as boarding and canoeing. Also great as a midway point on a circular walk from the farm taking in the Roaches - approximately taking around 6 hours in total. Ask us for directions!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“A wonderful place to eat, a great Arboretum at the back for beautiful walks, and a stunning lavender garden.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Farm
“Also known as the Ice Cream Farm. The Hill Billy Ice Cream is made on the farm. Nature trails in the Buxton hills. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Varied menu with something for everyone including fine dining, pub favourites or steak from the flame grill.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cinema
“Situated upstairs in the Heritage Centre is a small one screen cinema showing current films. It has an old theatre feel to it including theatre style seats. A bar is open before the film starts serving beer, wine, soft drinks and there is a small stand near the ticket desk to purchase popcorn and sweets etc. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“Enjoy a walk or rock climb up the hills known as the Roaches at the side of the hills is a country tea room offering home made food. Open from 9 to 5 most days.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“A bustling monthly market in Macclesfield's cobbled Marketplace and streets around. 160 + stalls of unique crafts, exceptional food & drink and vintage finds”
  • 4 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Think quirky, think ski lodge, think friendly and cosy and you have the Snow Goose. Selection of comfy sofas, log burners, balcony and beer courtyard. Live music from local bands from time to time. Food is simple home cooked snacks and brunches. Great local ales and staff who are friendly and welcoming. Dogs welcome. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fabulous, authentic Thai food, staff are very helpful and polite. Really great food and atmosphere.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“If you have a car this is a must. There's nowhere like it. Bring the dog. The walk isn't too far from the car park either. Lud's Church (sometimes written as Ludchurch) is a deep chasm penetrating the Millstone Grit bedrock created by a massive landslip on the hillside above Gradbach, Staffordshire, England. It is located in a wood known as Back Forest, in the Dark Peak, towards the southwest fringe of the Peak District National Park about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) west of the A53 between Leek and Buxton. Over 100 metres (328 ft) long and 18 metres (59 ft) deep, all but the upper third of the slope has slipped forward towards the River Dane. It is mossy and overgrown, wet and cool even on the hottest of days.”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Lots on the menu to choose from, lovely setting and the place is full of character. Excellent friendly service. Good for an evening meal.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“A wonderful place to eat, a great Arboretum at the back for beautiful walks, and a stunning lavender garden.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Varied menu with something for everyone including fine dining, pub favourites or steak from the flame grill.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fabulous, authentic Thai food, staff are very helpful and polite. Really great food and atmosphere.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Have a little trip to Sweden while in Macclesfield and enjoy authentic Scandinavian food and drinks in this small but pleasantly spacious cafe bar. Staff are very friendly and welcoming. Dogs welcome at lunch time but not in the evenings. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Public House: 2018 Countryside Alliance Northern pub of the year winner. Serving not only game as the name suggests but a host of other quality foodstuffs; and locally sources as much as they can. Independently owned and stocks Wincle Beer on the taps”
  • 3 locals recommend
Automotive Shop
“Fine dining at La Popote, this restaurant is perfect for a romantic date night, if your celebrating a special occasion or why not a lunch date in the stunning garden. Lots of great dishes on the menu, you'll be sure to return! ”
  • 2 locals recommend

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